Issue #224: Revolutionizing Digital Music Through Blockchain; What Exactly Is Stream-Ripping?; The Streaming Services We’ve Lost

Revolutionizing Digital Music Through Blockchain
Revolutionizing Digital Music Through Blockchainwww.huffingtonpost.com
In the old days, kids who wanted the newest albums had to get on a bike and ride to the record store to find them.

These Are The Streaming Music Services The World Has Already Lost
These Are The Streaming Music Services The World Has Already Lostwww.forbes.com
Streaming music is an incredibly difficult business to be in, and most competitors simply can’t survive.

With Most Music Being Offered For Free, Why Is Piracy Still Growing?
With Most Music Being Offered For Free, Why Is Piracy Still Growing?www.forbes.com
There are a number of reasons why some people are stealing music, but none of them justify the action.

Blockchain can make Soundcloud a Revolutionary Music Label
Blockchain can make Soundcloud a Revolutionary Music Labelmedium.com
The world is full of extraordinary songs by artists with no fans, labels or money behind them. These songs go nowhere because exposure to audiences is carefully controlled by companies who seek to…

What Exactly Is Stream-Ripping, The New Way People Are Stealing Music
What Exactly Is Stream-Ripping, The New Way People Are Stealing Musicwww.forbes.com
The music industry experienced one of the rockiest transitions into the digital age of almost any business over 15 years ago, as it didn’t lead the charge. The biggest companies working in music were more than happy to continue to allow people to purchase albums and CD singles, overlooking the potential that the internet could…

Facebook Messenger now makes Spotify suggestions based on your conversations
Facebook Messenger now makes Spotify suggestions based on your conversationswww.theverge.com
Facebook Messenger’s intelligent assistant M now delivers Spotify suggestions when music is brought up in conversation. The prompts are triggered by a variety of phrases and specific words. For…

Streaming makes full albums less necessary, muse Muse
Streaming makes full albums less necessary, muse Musewww.completemusicupdate.com

The way that the shift to streaming is changing patterns in music consumption is putting Muse off making a new album. So, you know, there’s always a silver lining.

Will radio kill the internet star?
Will radio kill the internet star?www.thedrum.com
It was the fall of 1999, and I was in a dormitory room on the top floor of Boston University’s French House – the building where I lived during most of university except during a later summer journalism internship in London in 2001.

The iPod's legacy: How Apple's music player reshuffled its future
The iPod's legacy: How Apple's music player reshuffled its futurewww.zdnet.com
The iPod served as a bridge between Apple as a PC maker mounting a comeback to purveyor of the world’s strongest ecosystem spanning hardware, software and services.

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on Streaming
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on Streamingvariety.com
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich talked about streaming services, “Hardwired” going platinum, and being knighted in Denmark.

These Are The Streaming Music Services The World Has Already Lost

Streaming music is an incredibly difficult business to be in, and most competitors simply can’t survive. Even if a company is able to attract millions of paying subscribers—which only a handful have, even by this point—that doesn’t mean it will be able to break even, and even the most successful names in the business, such as Spotify and Tidal, are facing financial woes, while both Pandora and SoundCloud may not be around much longer (at least in the same form we know them now).

The internet is littered with mentions of once-beloved streaming music platforms that bit the dust at one point or another, as well as some that were acquired. Let’s take a moment to remember them, as they all contributed something to the current musical landscape that is concerned with all things streaming.

Read Article: Forbes

Weekly Playlist | New Adventures In Spotify Volume 6

deep tracks, hidden gems, classic tunes and new releases

Jimmy Cliff, Sarah Vaughn, Little Feat, ABC, Fine Young Cannibals, Bob Dylan, and INXS are just a few of the amazing artists featured in this week’s collection of tunes gathered up after another excellent journey across Spotify.

Issue #223: Streaming Royalty Payments Leap for Indie Labels; Can Programmatic Be SoundCloud’s Next Big Revenue Driver?

Streaming Royalty Payments Leap for Indie Labels
Streaming Royalty Payments Leap for Indie Labelswww.billboard.com
Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, recently announced that royalty payments to its 700-plus members for audio streaming hit $353 million for the 12 months ending March 2017 — a 52 percent jump over the previous year.

Can Programmatic Be SoundCloud’s Next Big Revenue Driver?
Can Programmatic Be SoundCloud’s Next Big Revenue Driver?adexchanger.com

SoundCloud launched a subscription service, SoundCloud Go, in March to compete more directly with services like Spotify and Pandora, but hasn’t reported metrics around its user growth. “This has been a year for a wave of ad product launches,” said Megan Hartman, programmatic lead at SoundCloud.

How Royalty Exchange Has Transformed the World of Music Publishing
How Royalty Exchange Has Transformed the World of Music Publishingdjbooth.net
We spoke wth Royalty Exchange about how they’ve completely changed with world of buying and selling publishing.

Pandora picks Sling TV boss Roger Lynch as new CEO
Pandora picks Sling TV boss Roger Lynch as new CEOwww.mercurynews.com

Pandora Media on Monday named Roger Lynch as the new chief executive at the internet radio company. Pandora selected its new boss almost two months after company co-founder Tim Westergren stepped down from the job.

Four of the biggest opportunities for the future of music consumption
Four of the biggest opportunities for the future of music consumptionwww.musicxtechxfuture.com
A reflection on key trends in music, tech, and user interfaces. Soundcloud is saved, for now. On top of whatever strategic decisions they make to be able to

Amper Music: 'In the year 2117, AI-generated music will be old hat'
Amper Music: 'In the year 2117, AI-generated music will be old hat'musically.com
Drew Silverstein, CEO of Amper Music, is explaining to Music Ally the backstory of his company, which makes a system to generate music from an AI.

Audio Effects: The Beginner's Guide to Shaping Your Sound
Audio Effects: The Beginner's Guide to Shaping Your Soundblog.landr.com
Audio effects are a must for professional music production. This audio effects guide will give you everything you need to know. From Delay, to EQ let’s go!

VOISE, a solution to the music industry
VOISE, a solution to the music industrymedium.com

Nowadays making a living as an artist is extremely difficult, you either distribute your content yourself, which makes it very difficult to have a big audience or you upload your content to a platform…

48% of the Entire Swedish and Norwegian Population Pays for Streaming
48% of the Entire Swedish and Norwegian Population Pays for Streamingwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Most people in Nordic countries preferred listening to their favorite music through Spotify Premium. But did you know most people still love YouTube?

Musiconomi 101
Musiconomi 101medium.com
No, we are not building yet another streaming platform for the 1% of the music hits. Musiconomi is going to connect you to new voices and sounds you’re going to fall in love with — and make it easy…

Issue #222: Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?; SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue

Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?
Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?www.billboard.com
Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger rocked the entertainment world – and Netflix’s stock – this week when he announced plans to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services. Might music also be added to the mix?

SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue, Taps New CEO to Replace Alex Ljung
SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue, Taps New CEO to Replace Alex Ljungwww.billboard.com
The SoundCloud death watch has ended. The struggling digital music service today secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain independent, even as a new executive team takes over to steer the service into the future.

Pandora’s Inflexion Point
Pandora’s Inflexion Pointwww.thembj.org

If Pandora can find a way to return to its roots, i.e. to place emphasis back on passive listening in the US market and win back the casual music listener as a viable source of music consumption, it could turn things around

Incubus Guitarist Mike Einziger Is Uniting Tech And Music With MIXhalo
Incubus Guitarist Mike Einziger Is Uniting Tech And Music With MIXhalowww.forbes.com
Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger has assembled an elite list of investors and advisers from music and tech for MIXhalo, a new app that allows fans to listen to a concert from the sound board through their phone.

Understanding Music and Blockchain Without the Hype
Understanding Music and Blockchain Without the Hypethetrichordist.com

Two years ago, this month, I wrote an article here called “Understanding Music and Blockchain Without The Hype”. As with any nascent technology that shows a great deal of promise, there’s generally a tremendous amount of hyperbole as to what’s possible.

TuneIn Raises $50 Million to Prove Online Audio Can Make Money
TuneIn Raises $50 Million to Prove Online Audio Can Make Moneywww.bloomberg.com
TuneIn Inc., the online radio company, has raised $50 million to fund its growing portfolio of programming for a paid service that rivals Sirius XM Holdings Inc., the dominant player in satellite radio.

Neil Finn talks livestreams, technology and streaming economics
Neil Finn talks livestreams, technology and streaming economicsmusically.com
As a founding member of both Split Enz and Crowded House, Neil Finn is New Zealand’s most successful musical export, and a multi-award-winning songwriter.

What would it take to get you to sign up for a new streaming service?
What would it take to get you to sign up for a new streaming service?www.theverge.com

With Disney promising a new one, and small services like SeeSo struggling, The Verge staff considers what models work for us.

How to Sell Music Online
How to Sell Music Onlineblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Streaming sites, like Spotify and Pandora, may be hard to distribute your music to nowadays, so here are some easy ways to sell your music online.

Dwight Yoakam to Perform Special Concert in the Hamptons for SiriusXM
Dwight Yoakam to Perform Special Concert in the Hamptons for SiriusXMplatformandstream.com

SiriusXM announced that GRAMMY Award-winning entertainment icon Dwight Yoakam will perform a special invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Wednesday, August 30 at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY.

Amazon hunts 230 staff Down Under; eyes music streaming market
Amazon hunts 230 staff Down Under; eyes music streaming marketwww.adnews.com.au

It could be a prime time to leave your job as online retail powerhouse Amazon is hunting nearly 240 staff in Australia. From marketing managers and data scientists it’s ramping up.

How to Set Up Your Own Spotify Rival to Stream Music for Free
How to Set Up Your Own Spotify Rival to Stream Music for Freem.gadgets.ndtv.com
If you’ve got music that’s not available anywhere, you can create your own music streaming platform, for easy access.

Fighting For Your Ears

Last week Spotify revealed it’s going to promote podcasts on its streaming service, providing yet another example of the fierce competition underway for your ears.

Indeed, between music services, audiobooks, and podcasts, the fight for listening time is only heating up. When Apple’s multimedia player, iTunes, was released in 2001, competition across these different types of audio was not as evident. When iTunes transformed into a digital multimedia store, this changed.

Originally, however, iTunes was a simple music player and Napster, an unlicensed peer-to-peer file sharing service, which allowed users to send audio files back and forth, was the closest thing to a digital music store. While Napster quickly ran afoul of U.S. copyright law, the overwhelming response to the product demonstrated enormous pent-up demand for a licensed digital audio service. Eventually iTunes emerged as not only a service for purchasing songs and managing files on music devices, but one for listening to music.

Read Article: Fighting For Your Ears

Issue #221: How Do Songs End Up On Spotify Playlists Anyway?; Royalties, Investors, and the New Music Economy

How Do Songs End Up On Spotify Playlists Anyway?
How Do Songs End Up On Spotify Playlists Anyway?www.forbes.com
What does it take to get a song on a popular Spotify playlist? Money? The right record label? A good PR team?

Royalties, Investors, and the New Music Economy
Royalties, Investors, and the New Music Economy www.thembj.org

Record labels and publishers for decades served as the music industry’s “bank.” They provided the advances artists lived on while making new music, and also paid for services like recording, shipping, marketing and more. No longer

Samsung and Live Nation to Live Stream Coldplay's Tour in Virtual Reality
Samsung and Live Nation to Live Stream Coldplay's Tour in Virtual Realitywww.billboard.com
On Aug. 17 you can live stream Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams Tour live in Virtual Reality.

Warner Music Latest Major Label to Make More from Streaming Than from Sales
Warner Music Latest Major Label to Make More from Streaming Than from Salesajournalofmusicalthings.com

Streaming doesn’t pay? Tell that the three major labels.

How to Save TIDAL from Near-Certain Death
How to Save TIDAL from Near-Certain Deathwww.digitalmusicnews.com
What the hell is wrong with TIDAL? Here are just a few of our gripes, penned in an open letter to Richard Sanders, TIDAL’s 4th CEO in 2 years.

AT&T Teams Up with Thirty Seconds To Mars To Live Stream Concert
AT&T Teams Up with Thirty Seconds To Mars To Live Stream Concert platformandstream.com
AT&T Creator Lab has teamed up with Thirty Seconds to Mars to live stream the band’s Aug. 12 concert, and provide wireless connectivity and interactive fan experiences for their upcoming Camp Mars Music Festival. The music fest takes place Aug. 11-14 in Malibu, California.

Apple Expands Free Beats Deal To UK, European Students Buying A MacBook For School
Apple Expands Free Beats Deal To UK, European Students Buying A MacBook For Schoolwww.forbes.com
Apple has rolled out its free Beats headphones with MacBook purchase to the United Kingdom and Europe.

Podcasts are getting better faster than audiobooks are getting cheaper
Podcasts are getting better faster than audiobooks are getting cheaperwww.theverge.com

In music, movies, and television, the better produced something is, the more it usually costs. In podcasts and audiobooks, the reverse is true: the most popular free stuff all sounds expensive, and the most popular expensive stuff mostly sounds cheap.

Stream 935 Songs That Appeared in “The John Peel Festive 50” from 1976 to 2004
Stream 935 Songs That Appeared in “The John Peel Festive 50” from 1976 to 2004www.openculture.com

It was Peel’s particular talent for discovering and promoting such artists that set him apart from his peers.

HD Audio-To-Go: Its Toast-A-Riffic!
HD Audio-To-Go: Its Toast-A-Riffic!audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff has an audiophile ah-ha moment

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